Many congratulations to Dr Elizabeth Nye who has won this year's Humanities Innovation Challenge. Elizabeth is a researcher with the Centre for Evidence-Based Intervention (CEBI) and a departmental lecturer. This challenge is organised each year by Oxford's Humanities division, with support from local sponsors and partners including the Social Science Division.
Elizabeth was previously a special education teacher for children and adolescents with complex needs ranging from emotional and behavioural disabilities to mild-moderate learning difficulties. Her research focuses on mental health and well-being in schools, and Elizabeth’s Innovation Challenge venture is POWERup, an app aimed at Promoting the Occupational Well-being of EducatoRs. This idea came out of her own teaching and research experience over the past 10 years and addresses the serious problem of work-related stress leading to burnout among many teachers. It recognises that many educators feel inadequately trained for the day-to-day reality of teaching and are struggling to support the wide range of children’s needs in their classrooms. POWERup aims to provide current evidence-based strategies directly to educators in a way that facilitates on-going knowledge exchange between educators and researchers. Ultimately, the goal is to meaningfully support educators in a way that allows them to feel re-energised in their teaching and in turn promote healthier and happier learning environments in schools. Elizabeth plans to use her prize to progress the development of the app - watch this space!